Enjoy Bhutan’s best accommodation, soak up all the stories, and live out the heritage of a nation that is entirely unique during this two-week tour of Bhutan. Monasteries, magic, farmlands, and fables abound in the Land of the Thunder Dragon, and unrivaled authenticity makes for an incredibly immersive travel experience. With two full weeks, you can thoroughly explore these cultural and spiritual heartlands, from the Tiger’s Nest to the Bumthang Valley.
Paro – Insight Into the Spirituality
After landing in Paro, you will visit Dungtse Lhakhang after your driver transfers you to your luxurious accommodation to check-in and rest. Lhakhang translates to temple and gompa to monastery. Each of the three floors of these structures depicts another scene with interpretations that have survived since the early 15th century. Kyichu Lhakhang is nearby, which is a 7th-century structure that is often busy with pilgrims because it is one of the country’s most sacred structures. These guided afternoon stops will be followed by a free evening in Paro.
Thimphu – The Many Sites of Thimphu
Thimphu – Hot Stone Bath
Punakha – Bhutanese Architecture
Punakha – Dzongs and Divinity
Trongsa – The Black Mountain Range
Day 7 - 9
Bumthang Valley – Bhutan’s Heartland
Phobjikha Valley – Atmosphere and Authenticity
Punakha Valley – The Rural Valleys
Paro – Artisanal Crafts
Paro – The Incredible Tiger’s Nest
Paro – Departure
- Immerse yourself in the Bhutanese realm of spirituality by visiting the country’s pre-eminent gompas and Lhakhangs
- Hike through a remote valley to the place where Buddhism was introduced to Bhutan at the Tiger’s Nest Monastery
- Meet with monks and listen to their stories at the Temple of the Divine Madman
- Spend hours enjoying the beautiful details of Dzong architecture and experience how the dzongs remain at the heart of daily life
- Explore the country’s spiritual heartland with a stay in the Bumthang Valley, where the legends are many
- Venture to rural farming areas for contrasting insight into the country and its people, especially in the Phobjikha Valley
- Wander around small cities and meet with a wide range of locals in Paro, Thimphu, and Punakha to explore their highlights
- Enjoy a selection of Bhutan’s finest accommodations, which include hot stone baths that overlook the beautiful valleys
Bhutan is an ancient kingdom that remains untouched by time in the heart of the Himalayas. Fables and legends ring true, monasteries dot the valleys, and you are never far from a personal encounter with the locals. This is the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Like almost all nations, Bhutan is not a single entity but a conglomeration of people and histories. Your experiences in Thimphu and Paro will be very different from those in the Bumthang and Phobjikha valleys. The Dzong in Punakha will contrast with what you admire in Trongsa. You will also visit the Tiger’s Nest Monastery.
Traveling at a comfortable pace and using Bhutan’s finest accommodations, this two-week tour explores the heart and spirit of the country. By piecing together different destinations and regions, you will get a genuine feel for the county's local life and history. Himalayan landscapes set the scene with snowy peaks that peer down at temple-draped valleys. Living UNESCO Heritage Sites will provide a daily focus: auspicious Lhakhangs, awe-inspiring gompas, ingenious dzongs. You will always have time to meet and chat with the locals in addition to having a private space for you to reflect on what you have experienced each day.
You will begin your journey in Paro, where you will explore the beautiful ruins and sites around the city. You will spend days two and three in and around Thimphu. Punakha is an unmissable destination due to its breathtaking dzong and divine history. Two days there will be followed by a journey over the high mountain passes to Trongsa and then the Bumthang Valley. In the Bumthang Valley, you will spend three days discovering the country’s spiritual heartland. Phobjikha will then provide you with compelling insight into Bhutanese farm life before you recross the pass and return to Paro. The hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery will be saved for your final full day because this journey helps bring you full circle in the country.
$3,635 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.
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